The Uganda Rugby Cranes have found themselves in a small nook, having lost the first leg of the Elgon Cup to neighbouring rivals Kenya. The Kenya Simbas roar was such an upstart that sent the terrified Cranes into flight, with the latter succumbing to a 48-10 loss at home on the Legends Rugby Club turf in Kampala.
The game was actually a test rugby match as per the International Rugby Board standards. Many fans and players had already mentioned that the Kenyan team was much stronger, and had predicted a bullying performance from them.
It surely was nothing short of the expectations, as the Kenyans claimed an early 12-0 lead, By half time, the Simbas boasted of a 29-10 lead. Widely questioned debutant Byron Oketayot was the only silver lining on the Ugandan cloud, scoring the home side’s only try, that was converted by Kevin Makmot.
The second half saw the introduction of Eric Kasiita for Silas Wathum at hooker and Davis ‘Doks’ Kiwalabye at scrumhalf for Makmot.
Man of the match Darwin Mukidza playing at 14 scored a hatrick of tries, and five solid conversions. The Kenyans ran in seven tries in all and by the end, the board reflected a staggering cricket score of 48-10, with number 14 James Odong coming off after suffering an injury to the arm.
The Cranes now look towards the return leg in Kenya, where they will need to win by a margin of 39 or more points. Anything short will hand the Kenyans bragging rights they have had for so long over the mountain once again.
The second leg is slated for July 30, with the Simbas already having a hand on the coveted trophy.